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New Report Highlights Flexible Inclusionary Housing Policies for Cities

National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy

Skyrocketing rents that are pricing out the middle class and lower-income households make it more important than ever to highlight the many ways in which cities can implement inclusionary housing policy.  Because housing markets differ from place to place and there is no one size fits all solution, it is important to have a range of inclusionary housing policies. Developers need different tools to use for the many different situations they come across for each site and each municipality, especially so in urban areas where land and construction costs are high.

A policy brief - Making Inclusionary Housing More Flexible: Four ideas for Urban Settings by Robert Hickey from the Center for Housing Policy - focuses on four ways cities can implement flexible inclusionary housing policies without hindering inclusion. The ideas are each accompanied by an example of a city that utilizes that policy.

The four ideas are as follows:

  1. Permit off-site development in multiple low-poverty neighborhoods.
  2. Offer options to preserve or increase the affordability of existing housing
  3. Restrict fee-revenue spending to broad, designated areas
  4. Provide flexibility on the incomes served

Click here to read the full report. 


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